I have written a lot about the British musician Paul Weller on this blog. From his early days with The Jam, through to the jazzier, soulful feel of The Style Council, he continued to change styles, appearing to have a real finger on the pulse of musical trends. From a British perspective, his importance in the music scene here cannot be overstated. Not since David Bowie had one man managed to adapt and improve in this way, constantly challenging both himself, and his fans.
After the break up of the Style Council, he released his first solo album, in 1992. I bought it, and liked some of the tracks, but struggled with the direction of the music. He seemed to have lost his way, and the different themes expressed on that album failed to grab me in the same way as his previous work.
The following year, another solo album was released, called ‘Wild Wood’. I decided to give this a try, and discovered a real treat of a CD, with tracks that had a personal message, as well as some poetic lyrics. The album had a real sense to it, and managed to combine a mix of musical genres into a cohesive whole. The title track ‘Wild Wood’ has survived the years since, and remains as a testament to the ongoing talent of Weller, and his ‘London’ sound.